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Michelle Obama Opened Up About Her Experience with Low-Grade Depression . Michelle Obama is speaking openly about the tolls of the pandemic and the state of racial inequality in the U.S. on her mental health. In the latest episode of her podcast, Obama told journalist Michele Norris about changes in her sleep schedule and problems staying motivated. “I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression,” Obama said. . What is low-grade depression?. Symptoms of depression include a lack of interest, weight loss or gain, fatigue, low self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts. People who are experiencing low-grade depression have less severe symptoms than those with major depressive disorder. . A recent Census Bureau survey found that roughly 30% of U.S. adults are reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety, up from about 11% in 2019. . Obama said that navigating the lows requires “knowing how to replenish yourself with the things that do bring you joy,” even when the motivation isn’t there. Lifestyle changes can greatly benefit mental health. Managing low-grade depression can also involve medication or therapy